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Death on a Silver Platter (Sophie Greenway Series #7)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    A Tasty Treat of a Mystery

    All is not placid in the life of Sophie Greenway, Minnesota restaurant reviewer and owner of the Maxfield Plaza. A pipe has burst in the hotel storage area and is flooding the room, her parents are returning from their world travels and plan to move into the Maxfield, and her adult stepdaughter is boomeranging back home. To top all of this off, Sophie also has to review the new restaurant Café Sophia, which just happens to be named after her by its owner, her ex-boyfriend and the man with whom she recently had a very brief affair. Into the fray comes her best friend Elaine Veeland, whose family troubles provide a somewhat welcome distraction. Veelund Industries is in the midst of a power struggle amongst Elaine¿s brothers and mother and the strife threatens to erupt in violence. When Elaine¿s troubled daughter attempts suicide and then disappears, it triggers events that will uncover family secrets and end in tragedy. What makes this series so successful is Ellen Hart¿s talent for creating secondary characters that are as fully developed and fascinating as her main ones. The Veelund family is both tragic and sympathetic, and the reader can¿t help but want to learn more about them. Sophie herself is a wonderfully engaging heroine who is flawed but always acts with the best of intentions. Torn between her love for her husband Bram and her ex Nathan, Sophie must come to terms with her feelings and make a pivotal decision in her life. The reader can also easily relate with Sophie¿s struggle to keep her mouth shut as she watches her stepdaughter easily wrap Bram around her finger and take advantage of his generosity. While I thought I had the killer pegged, Hart managed to completely mislead me and concluded up the mystery with a doozy of a twist. There¿s less of a focus on food than many foodies may wish, but this is a wonderfully witty and engaging mystery that keeps the reader riveted and continues the excellence of the Culinary Mystery series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    Log Houses, Family Secrets and Murder

    Once again Sophie's old friends are dropping like flies. Many years before Carl Veelund had died not long after he built the grand mansion, Prairie Lodge. His wife Millie still lives there. She runs the family business along with their oldest Alex and their daughter Elaine. Their son Danny lives in Minneapolis and is a writer. He comes out for the family board meetings. Sophie, restaurant reviewer, and her husband Bram, radio persanlity, own the Maxfield Plaza and live in an apartment in the hotel. Her parents sold it to them for $1 when they retired. Now her parents are on a world tour. Bram's daughter, Margie, comes back to Minneapolis and Bram sets her up in an apartment at the Maxfield. At first Sophie is fine with this until Margie begins getting under her skin. Sophie goes to visit Elaine to discuss the log houses her family's company builds. They have several models on the Veelund property. Sophie's dad wants to build one on Pokegama Lake when they return. Bram talks Sophie into taking Margie with her. Turns out Margie knows Tracy's new boyfriend Mick. One night Tracy goes missing and Millie dies. What is going on with this family? They are all full of secrets and more are to come. Sophie discovers an old diary of her mother's. It puts her into the center of the tragedies of the Veelund family. Could one of these people be a murderer? Sophie always finds herself in interesting circumstances. Many of her old friends have secrets and end up dying. I'd hate to be one of her old friends. But the characters are fully developed and the settings are great. Who knew Minnesota was such a great setting for mysteries? I always enjoy getting to know all the characters in her books. They are fully described, and I don't have trouble keeping them straight. She puts lots of twists and turns and many secrets in her books. It makes it almost impossible to figure out the killer ahead of time. I highly recommend this book and that you read this whole series. I find once I start one, I can't put it down.

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